Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: One World South Asia spokesperson Kalyan Singh Kothari will represent Rajasthan in the South Asian high-powered ministerial conference on sanitation (SACOSAN) being organised in New Delhi next month to discuss measures for eradication of open defecation, unhygienic disposal of human excreta and similar other unclean practices affecting public life and environment.

The third SACOSAN, to be held from November 16 to 21, will renew the commitment of national governments in the South Asian region on the sanitation front.

It will especially highlight the death of thousands of children every year because of water and sanitation-related diseases.

Mr. Kothari is among the 25 professionals selected to take part in the conference under the media partnership through a rigorous process overseen by country-specific juries comprising specialists from the development and communication sectors.

Six-day event

The six-day event is being hosted in the national Capital in collaboration with the Union Government’s Department of Drinking Water Supply.

Mr. Kothari said here on Sunday that the SACOSAN would bring together government delegations, policy makers, technical specialists, development partners and civil society activists from the South Asian countries – Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives and India – to focus attention on crucial gaps affecting lakhs of people living in the region in accessing sanitation.

The conference will review the progress of sanitation and hygiene in South Asia and set forth action for future to enhance people’s quality of life in fulfilment of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The delegates, after attending the conference at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi, will also embark on field trips to see evidences of best practices in selected States across the country.